Stories of the Smartphone in everyday discourse: conflict, tension & instability

@inproceedings{Harmon2013StoriesOT,
  title={Stories of the Smartphone in everyday discourse: conflict, tension & instability},
  author={Ellie Harmon and Melissa Mazmanian},
  booktitle={CHI},
  year={2013}
}
As the smartphone proliferates in American society, so too do stories about its value and impact. In this paper we draw on advertisements and news articles to analyze cultural discourse about the smartphone. We highlight two common tropes: one calling for increased technological integration, the other urging individuals to dis-integrate the smartphone from daily life. We examine the idealized subject positions of these two stories and show how both simplistic tropes call on the same overarching… CONTINUE READING
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